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Underdogs emerge in quarterback battles

In his latest mailbag, John Clayton tackles questions on Daunte Culpepper, Steven Jackson's holdout, the outlook for the Raiders and much more.

Originally Published: August 13, 2008
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

Here's to the underdog. The surprising part of the summer of Brett Favre is how underdogs could emerge as winners of some of the quarterback battles around the league.

Troy Smith, a fifth-rounder from the 2007 draft, could beat out former first-rounder Kyle Boller. Kyle Orton, the former Chicago Bears' fourth-rounder who doesn't make many turnovers, could beat out former first-rounder Rex Grossman. While it's inevitable Atlanta Falcons first-rounder Matt Ryan will start ...

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